Firm Profile > Clarke Willmott LLP > Bristol, England

Clarke Willmott LLP
1 GEORGES SQUARE
BATH STREET
BRISTOL
BS1 6BA
England

Commercial litigation: Bristol Tier 1

Clarke Willmott LLP's commercial litigation team has a notable breadth of expertise spanning IT disputes, multi-party actions, banking professional negligence claims, and disputes under the Companies Act 2006. Practice head Alex Jakubowski has a varied practice and a particular niche in commercial agents regulations. The group also has notable financial services litigation expertise, for which Philippa Hann, Stephen Searle and senior associate Laura Robinson (who has a particular focus on tax mitigation investments and schemes) are names to note. Richard Moore is a key contact for IP litigation, while senior associate Ed Halden handles a range of contentious commercial and corporate matters.

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A well resourced and flexible team which gets the job done.

I worked with Clarke Willmott’s Bristol team on a major patent dispute (that settled shortly before trial). The team excelled at building and maintaining client and Counsel relationships – we were regularly kept in the loop, which improved efficiency in delivering the legal product (and at lower cost). This level of engagement is rare amongst firms and is the team’s key strength.

I find this practice very approachable and responsive. Their service definitely adds value for my clients.

Alex Jakubowski is astute and a pleasure to deal with.

Richard Moore excels at building and maintaining close client relationships. As a result, he is responsible for some very large clients that ordinarily might be expected to go to larger firms. He is also extremely engaged, which is rare for a partner. I thoroughly enjoyed working with him.

Richard Moore is highly capable and also very good at keeping me informed about the progress of any litigation matters.

Key clients

Arbuthnot Latham

Burford Capital (UK) plc

Icescape Ltd

Dahua

LEBC Group ltd

Microgen Wealth Management Systems Ltd

Gloucester County Cricket Club

Molson Group Ltd

OVO Energy

Oscar Mayer Ltd

Resman AS

Wellesley Finance Plc

Lloyds Bank plc

Crime: general Tier 1

Clarke Willmott LLP acts for individuals, corporates and government bodies in criminal and regulatory matters, with experience handling investigations and interviews under caution, as well as trials before Magistrates and Crown Courts. An area of particular expertise for 'experienced and very smart' practice head Tim Hayden is defending clients in the agriculture and rural sector. Also key to the group is Daniel Gill. Promoted to partner in July 2019, GIll focuses on criminal regulatory matters, particularly in relation to agricultural law and the environment agency.

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Hands on in a way that most other firms aren’t; thoughtful pro-active and very high quality.’

Tim Hayden is one of the best criminal solicitors in the south west; Experienced and very smart.’

Diligent, measured in approach and will fight every inch for the client, no matter the case or size of client. I would heartily recommend them as a top tier firm nationwide but particularly in the South West.’

Clients love Daniel Gill’s down to earth approach and realism. He does not shy from difficult decisions nor from providing adverse advice but equally always provides a client with some hope, even in the most taxing of cases.

Key clients

Sophie Gent and Syncthermology

Ireosa

Debt recovery Tier 1

The ‘approachable and extremely knowledgeable' Clarke Willmott LLP provides expertise in areas ranging from high-volume, pre-legal debt collection to litigation and insolvency action. The firm also has experience in payment agreements, including instalment monitoring, chasing defaults and regular instalment assessments. Philip Roberts specialises in insolvency action, debt litigation, enforcement and judicial review, as well as complex orders for sale and leasehold recoveries. He co-leads the practice with Kathryn Quinton, who focuses on systems, debt process, information security, compliance and quality assurance.

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‘They undertake our work efficiently and are quick to offer solutions and advice’

‘The team are not frightened to say when they think that it’s not efficient to continue with action’

‘The team have taken the time to understand our business and the environment in which we work and this makes a big difference on the recovery rate’

‘Kayleigh Cullis leads the team impressively. She definitely leads from the front and it’s clear that the team follow her direction. She is always very thorough, covering every angle, and doesn’t hesitate to offer commercial, sound advice’

‘Phil Roberts continues to be a great support to our business. He is always happy to go out of his way to help, often at short notice’

‘Phil Roberts will often go the extra mile to help our team improve their working practices and has presented several seminars to the business and credit control team over the years to assist with their continual improvement’

‘The team is very personable and down-to-earth, which isn’t always the case with larger firms of solicitors’

‘Kayleigh Cullis manages the entire debt collection process for us, giving a level of assurance that things will be dealt with’

Key clients

The Insolvency Service

Wembley National Stadium Ltd

Highways England

Escada (UK) Ltd

Pricewaterhousecoopers

Viridor Waste Management

Warner Bros. Entertainment UK Ltd

Wireless Logic

Plymouth Block Management

Fresh Property Management Ltd

Thames Water Utilities Ltd

Premier Training International Ltd

Driving Standards Agency

Corona Energy

Cardstream Ltd

Build Supplies Ltd

The Financial Conduct Authority

Employment: Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire Tier 1

Clarke Willmott LLP's Taunton-based employment team has an excellent reputation in the agriculture and agribusiness sectors. Other areas of strength include advising clients on corporate restructurings and redundancies, as well as senior executive exits. On the contentious side, the team is frequently called on to handle complex and high-risk employment tribunal cases. Paula Squire, who provides advice on both contentious and non-contentious employment law matters, made partner in 2019.

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‘The team has a very diverse regional client base and they punch above their weight in terms of the quality of their work within the employment law market. I have worked with the team on a wide range of substantial Employment Tribunal matters over the years and I have been very impressed by the professionalism and expertise of the team.‘

‘A very knowledgeable team that works together to provide you with the correct best advice possible and always takes into account the commercial side of your requirements.’

‘The team is down to earth, very approachable and knows its stuff. Also easy to deal with and very quick to react.‘

‘The Clarke Willmott Employment Law and HR team in Taunton fills all the gaps that inevitably exist internally within our company, like most other similar SMEs, when it comes to navigating the legal minefield that employing anyone all too often represents. Crucially for us, they offer practical advice that is commercially implementable.‘

Key clients

Amica Care Trust

Summerfield Developments SW

Frogmary Green Farm

Chelston Park Nursing and Residential Home

Cave Veterinary Specialists

St John’s Nurseries

Rainbow Club

Brean Down Caravan Park

Abbey Manor Group

Branston

Plus One (South West)

Milsted Langdon LLP

Refresco Beverages UK

St Margarets Hospice Somerset

Wyke Farms

Castle Quarry

Testbourne Estate

Severn Delta

Chatham Clothing

Shaun Spurrell

Horsley Farm Partnership

ACC Silicone

Isedio

South and West Wiltshire Hunt

Really Comfy Beds t/a Loaf

Sunlife Insurance

Greenslade Taylor Hunt

Xeiad

Ben Bowering

Warren Farms Holiday Centre

Northam Farms

National Farmers Union

J & K Aquatics

ACC Silicones

Ocean Estate Agents

Evergreen Garden Care

Management Consultancies Association

Chick Master UK

Focus Design Partnership

BioCare

Roland DG (UK)

Ashville Asset Management

Precise Management Services

Homes in Sedgemoor

Powersystems UK

Extra MSA Property (UK)

Bridgwater College Trust

Mademoiselle Desserts Taunton

Cardstream

Acheson Constructions

R.J. Heathman (Contractors) Ltd t/a Country Contractors

Thames Card Technology

UTAC

Harmonic

Solar Communications

Sunlife

Plantforce Rentals

Eastleigh Care Homes

BMR Solutions

Aethelbert

YMCA Somerset Coast

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

Cooper Associates Group

Hooke Court

Tweenhills Farm & Stud

Gordon Ramsay Holdings

Cardiff and Vale College

Teddy Mountains (UK)

J Gale & Sons

Atom Insurance Brokers

Mead Realisations

SPEAKR Technologies

Stay Original Company

Mark Caines

Hestercombe Gardens

Wink

Alton Pancrase Estate

Taunton and Pickeridge Golf Club

JSS (Taunton)

Family Tier 1

Clarke Willmott LLP has expertise in handling divorce and matrimonial finance matters involving highly complex issues, including pension funds, private business structures and family enterprises. Team head Gareth Schofield's specialisms include Schedule 1 claims and enforcement issues, and he regularly acts on high-value financial remedy cases, including those with international elements. Another key lawyer is the highly experienced Alastair MacLeod, who combines a heavy caseload in matrimonial law with experience in children law. In April 2020, Daniel Eames departed to head up the family team at Michelmores LLP, and was replaced by Clare Webb from Sharp Family Law LTD.

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Gareth Schofield is the best matrimonial finance practitioner in the country, let alone Bristol. He is clever, thoughtful, knowledgeable and brilliant with clients. He is the one I recommend my friends to. He has moulded his team in his image.

Possibly the best firm in the South West in family finance matters. They represent fantastic value. They have strength in depth and attract the very best work.

Gareth Schofield is almost without parallel as a family finance solicitor. He is calm and unflappable, charming and efficient. He is highly collaborative. Any firm would want to employ him. Emma Gordon and Hannah Livesey provide outstanding support.

Clarke Willmott have one of the strongest presences in Bristol and the South West of any firm. They are able to cover divorce and private client cases of any level.

A really expert firm with a high-powered team.

Alastair MacLeod is a thorough and careful practitioner with great attention to detail.

A good traditional firm with a sound knowledge base.’

Gareth Schofield is one of the most reassuring and practical family lawyers that I have ever met.

Professional negligence Tier 1

Clarke Willmott LLP acts for national and international corporates in both claimant and uninsured defendant matters. The group is co-led by 'very astuteAlex Jakubowski, whose practice consists of pursuing claims against solicitors, accountants, tax advisers, auditors, valuers and surveyors, with particular expertise in lender claims.'An operator with real class', Philippa Hann, who also co-leads the group, specialises in financial services cases, acting for claimants who have been misadvised on investments.

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The team is very focused on getting the right outcome for the client. They don’t posture, they are down to earth and get the job done.’

This is a high quality outfit outside of London but engaged in heavy commercial and professional negligence litigation.’

Alex Jakubowski is a pleasure to deal with and very astute.’

Philippa Hann is an operator with real class – always calm and strategic no matter what the circumstances are. She has the confidence to select a litigation team and to trust them to execute the plan, providing support as and when necessary.’

Key clients

Lloyds Bank plc

Arbuthnot Latham

Wellesley Finance Plc

RQ Capital

Molson Group

Gynn Construction

GWE Business West

Agriculture and estates Tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP acts for regional and national clients, including farming associations, institutional landowners, agribusinesses and landed estates. Its broad offering includes dispute resolution (especially proprietary estoppel claims), private wealth, rural property, and planning and regulatory law. The experienced Tim Hayden heads up the agriculture department from the Taunton office, and is widely recognised for his expertise in regulatory work. Among other key names, David Maddock is a specialist in tax planning and succession; Rod Lloyd-Jones has expertise in agricultural property transactions; and associate Polly Ridgway specialises in agribusiness disputes and property litigation.

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Clarke Willmott’s agriculture and estates team is extremely knowledgeable and has vast experience when it comes to all manner of agricultural work. Their team is always contactable and on-hand to pass on their wisdom. Their conveyancing team go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that deadlines are met and transactions to continue to progress.

An exceptional agricultural team which has considerable in-depth knowledge of all matters relating to the farms, estates and rural property sector.

Mark Buckerfield is a diligent professional who is practical, approachable and gets the job done.

Mark Buckerfield is approachable and explains matters in plain English, having an exceptional eye for detail which is reassuring both for fellow professionals and clients alike. He would be a ‘go to’ solicitor in terms of agricultural work. If a problem arises or a complicated scenario needs unravelling, Mark’s name is at the top of the list.

Polly Ridgway makes herself available whenever required and offers excellent, but always considered, advice.’

Key clients

The National Farmers’ Union

The Masters of Foxhounds Association

Lloyds Banking Group (including AMC)

HSBC Bank plc

The Countryside Alliance

Andrew Guest

Commercial litigation: Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire Tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP's commercial litigation team has particular expertise in the agricultural sector. Practice head Esther Woolford is a name to note in this space and also counts property litigation, partnership disputes and contentious trusts among her specialisms. Senior associate Ellen Yeates joined from Nash & Co, where she led the dispute resolution team, bringing a breadth of expertise in contractual, partnership, shareholder and cybercrime disputes.

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Excellent knowledge and understanding of our issues.

Strong presence on the western circuit, with big-name clients and real depth in specialism.

Ellen Yeates was particularly efficient and helpful.

Ellen Yeates (senior associate) is very personable and efficient. Unafraid to get stuck in and robustly fight for her clients’ interests.

Esther Woolford has been excellent in taking her client through this process. She came in after the start but has been exceptional since she took over.

Ellen Yeates – I feel she has a real feel for our needs and understands us! It’s so important for us to have that and Ellen had recently left another law firm where our dispute was logged and it was unquestionable we could carry on with someone else after having such trust in Ellen.

Key clients

NFU Members

Ariel Limited

West of England Baptists Association

Begbies Traynor LLP (Exeter)

Credit Agricole Loire-Haute-Loire

KS Coles Limited

Sydenhams Limited

EK Hooper & Sons Ltd

CVC Solicitors Ltd

Commercial property: Bristol Tier 2

Experienced in the housebuilding, commercial development and investment sectors, Clarke Willmott LLP handles property portfolio management, property acquisitions and disposals for local and national clients. The firm provides expertise in the telecoms and renewable energy sectors, including advising on purely energy-based transactions and mixed-use regeneration and development schemes. The ‘always trustworthy and reassuringWilliam Juckes leads the practice and specialises in property portfolio management.

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‘I have been impressed with their responsiveness, professionalism and pragmatic approach’

‘They turn matters around promptly and provide sound, reassuring advice on the aspects that really matter’

‘A special mention must go to partner William Juckes, who has always been available throughout each instruction. He is able to pick out and focus on the main commercial points that need to be navigated and negotiated, and always keeps an eye on the big picture and protecting his client’s interests’

‘Experience and commerciality’

Key clients

Vistry Homes Limited

BDW Trading Limited

Crest Nicholson Operations Limited

Bath and North East Somerset Council

Bath Abbey

Bath Recreation Ltd

BurgerKing Limited

OVO Energy

Meika Limited

Persimmon Homes Limited

Homes England

Henry Boot Developments Limited

Commercial property: Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire Tier 2

'At home on real estate transactions', Clarke Willmott LLP has ‘very pragmatic and commercially savvy property lawyers, providing an outstanding service at all levels'. The firm specialises in housebuilding, commercial development and investment matters, acting for high-net-worth individuals and businesses nationwide. Nick Francombe focuses on freehold and leasehold property disposals and acquisitions. He co-leads the team with development expert Tim Walker. Also notable are Philip Brown, who is known for residential and commercial development work, and Ewen Cairns, who joined from Brodies LLP in 2019.

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‘Roger Seaton runs a full-service real estate team’

‘The team is across the board very skilled’

‘Roger Seaton is an excellent all-round real estate lawyer, and leads the team from the front’

‘Claire Tofts is an up-and-coming star’

‘We think extremely highly of Clarke Willmott and use them for almost all our transactional work where possible’

‘They can work through complexities but where possible try to keep things straightforward and progressing’

‘Philip Brown is a fantastic lawyer and has a very good understanding of the practicalities of development and how contracts apply in practice’

‘Tim Walker is superb at large complex consortium transactions and has an amazing ability to deal with people at all levels of understanding, always finding a way to progress a transaction’

Key clients

Summerfield Developments (SW) Limited

Scotsgrove Holdings Limited

Persimmon Homes Limited

Countryside (UK) Limited

Strongvox Limited

AE Securities Limited

Summerfield SD3 Limited

Bathurst Limited

Precis Group

Metis Homes Limited

Construction Tier 2

Known for its expertise in energy, transport and infrastructure projects, Clarke Willmott LLP handles a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, including project management, dispute resolution and mediation. The firm advises on building projects for a diverse client base, with a focus on social housing. The national construction team is co-led by Priscilla HallJames Driver, and Zoe Stollard, who is a specialist in non-contentious construction and supply contracts. Also notable is Anna-Liisa Blanks-Walden, who has experience in resolving construction disputes.

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‘The construction team at Clarke Willmott are always friendly and responsive and have a good knowledge of our business, which is critical’

‘Good working knowledge, with prompt and pragmatic advice’

‘Zoe Stollard provides prompt and thorough responses and advice’

‘Excellent spread of knowledge, and strength in depth across a broad range of areas of the law’

‘The team is pragmatic and down to earth, giving a sense that the interests of their clients are at the heart of what they do’

‘We’ve worked particularly closely with Helen Wittram and Anna-Liisa Blanks Walden and have found both to be conscientious and tenacious,  becoming our go-to legal advisers’

Key clients

Ashville Group

Aster Group

GreenSquare Group

L&Q Group (London & Quadrant Housing & Quadrant Construction Services)

LiveWest (formerly Liverty)

Lloyds Bank PLC

Robert Hitchins Limited

Secure Trust Bank PLC

Solon South West

Stonewater Housing Association (Stonewater Ltd)

Sutton Harbour Services Limited

Yarlington

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP fields a strong private client litigation team whose practice stretches across the region and operates from offices the length of the M5 corridor. Alongside standard inheritance disputes, the department is particularly strong in the agricultural sector; it has a strong reputation for dealing with proprietary estoppel cases. The highly experienced Bonita Walters heads up the team in the Bristol office, while co-head Esther Woolford leads the Taunton office. Senior associate Sarah O’Grady (also based in Taunton) combines work in will disputes with experience in the agricultural sector.

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One of the bigger players in the West Country, Clarke Willmott pulls in high-quality contentious work from across the South West.

I have recently been working with the indefatigable Emily Jenkins, who has a great eye for detail and is always ahead of the game. I’ve also worked with Sarah O’Grady, who is very reassuring and level-headed.

Very well-established private client practice in the South West. Especially well regarded in agricultural sectors, but equally competent across all areas of contentious trusts and probate work.

Sarah O’Grady is very bright and excellent at keeping the client involved. Emily Jenkins is a diligent up-and-coming young lawyer.

Clarke Willmott provides a top-level service with real expertise. They go the extra mile for the client and deliver the best possible results.

Bonita Walters is an excellent litigator in wills and trusts; she is very experienced with a real skill in negotiating a good deal.

Clarke Willmott were diligent, knowledgeable, impartial and generous in their advice. They were professional in all aspects of their handling of our case, we were treated with respect at all times, and it really felt that we were listened to and that this was a team effort where the company cared about the outcome, how it was handled and that they wanted to achieve the best outcome for us.

Bonita Walters and her colleague Emily Jenkins were compassionate, unflappable, easy to deal with and were a source of strength to us. Their advice was honest and generous, and Bonita was able to gently steer us along a path that was focused and productive. She provided us with calm wisdom and understood our position from day one and she stayed focused despite obviously having many other cases to deal with. For this we could not have been recommended a better legal personality and practice to work with.

Key clients

Andrew Guest

Christopher and Veronica Patience

Virginia Ashcroft and John Penley

Catherine Armstrong and Elaine Sutherland

The National Farmers’ Union

Countryside Alliance

St James’ Place Wealth Management

Clarke Willmott Trust Corporation

Employment: Bristol Tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP's employment team is recognised for its expertise in sport, and it also demonstrates strong capabilities in the education, retail and manufacturing sectors. The group provides specialist employment law support, as well as advice on HR consultancy and business immigration issues. Team head Sharon Latham was instrumental in the firm winning a number of new clients, including a significant US company in the real estate sector. Tim Copplestone remains the team's go-to lawyer for sport-related matters. Kevin Jones retired from private practice in 2019.

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Sharon really focusses on understanding the drivers of the business overall, not just the case or topic for which advice is being sought. This allows advice to be provided in context. Oftentimes, Sharon is the person who has the memory of the organisation, and is able to stop it from harming itself based on the information she knows and the guidance she provides.

Key clients

M+W UK

Rawle Gammon and Baker Holdings Limited

Wasserman Media Group

Oscar Mayer Limited

Decathlon UK Limited

Primrose Group Limited

Evergreen Garden Care Limited

Kingsdale Group Limited

Exyte UK Limited

Community Mentoring and Support CIC

Fowlers of Bristol Limited

Bradfords & Sons Limited

The Rugby Players’ Association

CityWest Homes Limited

Bristol Bears Limited

Gloucestershire County Cricket Club

Somerset County Cricket Club

St Enodoc Golf Club

Surfing England

Somerset Cricket Board Limited

GolfIn

Pen Partnership Limited

West Somerset Railway plc

Microdesk Limited

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP has experience in a range of contentious and non-contentious insolvency work. The firm acts in breach of duty claims, as well as Insolvency Act and related civil recovery claims. Martin Askew specialises in insolvency litigation and misfeasance-related claims. He co-leads the practice with Ken MacLennan, who advises on a wide variety of insolvency matters, including complex pre-packs, trading bankruptcies and antecedent transactions.

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Key clients

Begbies Traynor (Central) LLP

CVR Global LLP

Grant Thornton UK LLP

Kingston Smith & Partners

KPMG LLP

Leonard Curtis Business Solutions Group

Mazars LLP

Menzies LLP

Quantuma LLP

Smith & Williamson LLP

The Insolvency Service

Umberto Ferioli, as curatore of Estate Service S.A.S Di Toniolo Lucia Catherine & C.

Wilkins Kennedy

WSM Marks Bloom LLP

Elwell Watchorn & Saxton

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP fields a large private wealth team, and is best known for its full-service offering to high-net-worth clients on their tax and estate matters. The firm's Bristol office attracts international clients, while the Taunton office regularly acts for clients in the agricultural sector. Both offices advise trusts with mixed portfolios of investments and property, providing tax and administration advice to trustees and beneficiaries. Bristol-based Anthony Fairweather is the managing director of the firm's private client team across all offices, and a dual-qualified barrister and solicitor; consultant Carol Cummins heads up the private capital team.

Testimonials

Clarke Willmott’s private client team is highly efficient, responsive and personable to deal with.

David Maddock is highly knowledgeable and always conveys his advice in an exemplary fashion.

Very knowledgeable team with the ability to pull in the skills of the wider Clarke Willmott team when appropriate. Good relationships with professionals and clients, enabling them to be trusted long-term advisers.

David Maddock is technically excellent. This combined with his ability to manage client and professional relationships very well, explaining matters in an understandable way, makes working with David and recommending him to new clients very easy.

Personal and professional service. Very much get to understand their clients and treat them as valued individuals.

All-round capability. Friendly yet professional.

Samantha Neagle handled my case very smoothly, professionally and efficiently in a very time-effective manner yet maintaining a friendly disposition in all contact I had with her.’

‘Elizabeth Smithers provided an excellent service and was friendly yet professional, setting out the various options available to achieve my objectives.

Planning Tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP specialises in development projects for housebuilders, commercial developers, registered social housing providers, lending institutions and local authorities. Neil Baker leads the team and his expertise includes planning applications for housing sites, urban regeneration projects and infrastructure projects. Also notable is Joann Bainton, who joined from Sidley Austin LLP in 2019 and brings experience in contentious planning and environmental matters.

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Key clients

Acorn Property Group

Aster Group

Countryside Properties (UK) Limited

GreenSquare Group

Isle of White Council

London & Quadrant Housing Trust

New Forest District Council

Persimmon Homes Southern

Sheet Anchor Evolve Ltd

Yarlington/Radian Housing Group

Property litigation Tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP represents property investors, house builders, retail and social housing organisations in a range of issues, as well as acting for land owners in litigation against telecoms operators. Chris Taylor leads the national team and advises on issues including overage, options and rights affecting development, as well as specialising in professional negligence claims relating to the property industry.

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No matter how complex the dispute, Neil Ham (partner), remains on top of the detail whilst not losing focus on the end objective. He demonstrates his understanding of our business in the substance and manner of his advice. A pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Mapeley Group

Hansteen Plc

Orbit Housing

St Mungo

Crest Nicholson

London & Quadrant Housing

Lidl

Persimmon

Reside Housing

Bath and North East Somerset Council

Orvis

Summerfield

Social housing Tier 2

Property and development specialist Clarke Willmott LLP has broad experience, ranging from initial acquisitions and construction through to sales and lease extensions. The firm also provides a commercial practice that advises on asset management issues, as well as a litigation department that handles development and leasehold issues. The team is co-led by Kary Withers, Oliver Smedley, Lindsay Felstead, Vicky Kells, Helen Wittram, Anna-Liisa Blanks-Walden and Kate Saunders.

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‘Clarke Willmott have worked hard to create a reliable team with the right specialists’

‘Kary Withers is a good leader who understands the area of work very well’

‘Oliver Smedley is forward thinking and straight talking’

Key clients

Stonewater

L&Q Housing Trust

Yarlington

The GreenSquare Group

LiveWest

Lewisham Homes

Gloucester City Homes

Advantage South West (Legal Panel)

Alliance Homes Group

The Aster Group

The Guinness Partnership

United Communities

Optivo

The Peabody Group

Solon Housing Association

Housing Associations’ Legal Alliance

Hyde Housing

Sport Tier 2

'Very linked-in, commercial and hard-working', Clarke Willmott LLP's team is noted for representing and advising Premier League and Championship football managers, elite athletes, sports executives and professional sporting bodies, on commercial and employment matters. The group is led by 'unflappable' sports-sector employment lawyer Tim Copplestone, who has experience before the Premier League tribunal. Philip Roberts leads on debt recovery for sporting associations and retailers in the sector. Kevin Jones retired in 2020.

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A leading firm in the South West in sport without a doubt. Very linked-in, commercial and hard-working. Produces excellent outcomes for clients. Very personable too.’

Tim Copplestone is a real gem, unflappable and wears his intelligence lightly.’

Key clients

Bristol Bears

Gloucestershire County Cricket Club

Somerset County Cricket Club

The Rugby Players’ Association

Wasserman Media Group

Decathlon UK

The Football Association – Club Wembley

St Enodoc Golf Club

Surfing England

Somerset Cricket Board

Joma

GolfIn

Banking and finance Tier 3

Clarke Willmott LLP acts on a range of banking matters and is recommended for its 'speed of response, diligence and attention to detail'. The firm has particular expertise in agricultural finance, notably funding farm purchases. Roger Seaton leads the team and is experienced in real estate finance, with a specialism in managing the refinancing of large property portfolios.

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‘The team is very accessible and attentive’

‘They always give 100% to the deal we are working on’

‘Irene Richardson and Ewen Cairns are particularly good’

Key clients

Lloyds Bank PLC

HSBC Bank PLC

Secure Trust Bank PLC

Arbuthnot Latham & Co., Limited

Santander UK PLC

Handelsbanken plc

Cambridge and Counties Bank Limited

Charterbank Capital Limited

Wellesley Finance PLC

Triodos Bank

Corporate and commercial: Bristol Tier 3

At Clarke Willmott LLP, lawyers have experience advising clients on serial acquisitions. The group is also well-geared towards assisting large owner-managed businesses with selling to trade buyers and private equity-backed management teams, as well as in relation to cross-border transactions. Simon Thomas leads the corporate team, which includes cross-border acquisitions expert Simon Smith and private equity specialist Robert Ridd.

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Partners and associates very responsive and patient. Matters dealt with in a calm and competent manner. They seek solutions for problems.’

Everyone we interacted with was informed, competent and responsive.’

They work collaboratively, have the depth and breadth of expertise required and deliver to my clients what I’ve told them to expect.

Simon Thomas and his commercial team are excellent at appreciating different stakeholders’ positions and communicating with them clearly on complex matters. This is an under-rated skill much appreciated by clients.’

Key clients

Addnode Group AB

Jacksons Stops & Staff

Sustainable Drainage Systems

RAP International

Goonvean Holdings

Moodology

Symetri (Addnode Subsidiary)

Talent International UK

Prysm Media Group

Turtle Bay Restaurants

Moortec Semiconductor

Pieminister

Energy, project finance and PFI Tier 3

The multi-disciplinary practice at Clarke Willmott LLP specialises in renewable energy and natural resources, with particular expertise in waste, energy, transport, infrastructure and social housing projects. The firm assists large EPC contractors with projects in the UK and overseas, as well as advising on a range of energy technologies in relation to renewables transactions. The department's experience covers the acquisition, construction and funding of wind, solar, waste-to-energy and biogas projects. Construction expert Priscilla Hall leads the team, which also includes Ewen Cairns, who focuses on projects to enable a transition to a low and non-carbon economy.

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Key clients

Future Biogas Limited

Envitec Biogas AG

Alpha Real Capital

SACYR

Styles & Wood Group

Resman AS

Environment Tier 3

Advising on a range of contentious and non-contentious environmental work, Clarke Willmott LLP acts for clients ranging from listed companies to individual landowners. The firm has particular experience in the agriculture and waste sectors, as well as in defending environmental prosecutions and other enforcement actions. Neil Baker leads the team and advises developers and landowners on environmental issues relating to development schemes. Also notable is Joann Bainton, who joined in 2019 from Sidley Austin LLP and brings expertise in environment, planning and related public law matters.

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Acorn Property Group

Anthony Rew

Barratt Homes Bristol

BDW South West

Bloor Homes

Bristol Water Plc

Ireosa Limited

Mactaggart and Mickel Homes

Persimmon Homes

Wessex Water Services Limited

Clinical negligence and personal injury: claimant

Clarke Willmott LLP has particular expertise in birth injury claims, while the team also has a strong track record of work on meningitis cases and claims involving brain tumours and encephalitis. Additionally, the group has developed a niche in cryogenic failures, IVF and male fertility issues. Taunton office head Chris Thorne leads the national personal injury and medical negligence team and is supported by birth injury and meningitis expert Kerry Fifield and Marguarita Tyne, whose practice includes cases relating to delayed diagnoses of stroke and cancer, as well as amputations. On the personal injury side, the team focuses on brain and spinal injuries, and draws on support from the wider firm's Court of Protection and private client specialists. The group has also developed a specialism in animal and agriculture related cases. Lee Hart leads the serious injury group, focusing on brain and spinal injury claims.

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Individual attention and round-the-clock care. Shrewd, experienced solicitors who can spot the wood from the trees a mile off.

Marguarita Tyne is a superb solicitor. She listens, she prepares, she strikes and she wins.’

Kerry Fifield is a trusted pair of hands – clever and dedicated.’

A very professional team providing excellent client service to a high standard.

Corporate tax Tier 1

Clarke Willmott LLP provides a multidisciplinary offering to clients, with particular strength in the real estate sector. Practice head Niall Murphy has over three decades of business tax expertise, covering international tax planning and tax litigation issues. The team has a track record of work on share incentive schemes and company share option plans, while also handling advisory work on acquisitions. Kelvin Balmont, who heads the Southampton office, and Richard Swain are also noted practitioners within the corporate group.

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‘I have found Niall Murphy both practical and responsive.’

‘Niall Murphy blends a good knowledge of tax law with a practical approach to business needs.’

Key clients

Shareholders of Kangaloosh Limited

Waterhouse Land Limited

Shareholders of Envair Limited and Envair (Holdings) Limited

Shareholder of Chapman IP Limited and Advantip Limited

Shareholders of Nationwide Services Group Limited Y

Prysm Media Group

Jacksons Stops & Staff

Sustainable Drainage Systems, Dean Taylor and Graham Joyce

Moodology Limited

Shareholders of Kangaloosh Limited

Intellectual property Tier 1

Clients hail the team at Clarke Willmott LLP as ‘among the best’ for IP matters. It supports clients with the protection, enforcement and exploitation of IP rights, both domestically and overseas. Active on both contentious and non-contentious matters alike, areas of distinguished expertise include filings, portfolio handling and anti-counterfeiting. Practice head Roy Crozier is ‘excellent on strategy’; together with the ‘detail-orientatedAndrew Stone, he recently acted for Heritage Audio and Pedro Rodriguez Arribas in a CJEU dispute, referred by the Court of Appeal; the first case heard before the CJEU to rule on the issue of international jurisdiction in online EU trade mark infringement cases. Susan Hall, another key name, handles IP matters on behalf of government departments, universities and multinational corporates.

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‘Clarke Willmott’s team is a very safe pair of hands for any client – very good on the law and the detail whilst remaining sensible, pragmatic and commercial in their overall approach. This team is amongst the best that I have had the pleasure to work with.’

‘Roy Crozier brings a huge amount of experience to any team – he is extremely sensible, pragmatic and commercial in his approach and is also one of, if not the most, down to earth partners I have had the pleasure to work with. Roy is able to cut through extraneous detail with ease and is excellent on strategy. He is a first-rate partner and I thoroughly enjoy working with him.

‘Thomas Kirby is excellent on the law and the detail, helpful, responsive and with sound judgement’.

‘One of the few IP litigation firms outside of London that competes with London IP firms.’

‘Roy Crozier has a great sense for the commercial and business effects of litigation. Andrew Stone is details-oriented which complements Roy Crozier’s broader overview.’

Key clients

Fred Perry

Organix

Ugg

Otter Products, LLC (“OtterBox) and owner of TreeFrog Developments, Inc. (“LifeProof”)

Superdry

Playboy

ACCA – world’s largest global accountancy body.

PUIG Group – owner of many internationally recognised brands (including Carolina Herrera, Nina Ricci, Jean Paul Gaultier and Paco Rabanne)

BaByliss

Canon

Banking and finance Tier 2

Led by the 'excellentFraser MacRaeClarke Willmott LLP provides a 'practical, proficient and personable service' to lenders and borrowers within the real estate finance space. Social housing remains a particularly fertile sub strata of the real estate market for the firm, with instructions flowing from core funders in the area, including Triodos Bank and Svenska Handelsbanken, as well as from housing associations on their funding requirements (including in relation to bank debt and raising debt capital markets finance via private placements). The 'responsiveBethan Evans is also a key member of the team, given her varied finance practice which includes work for borrowers and lenders engaged in corporate and development finance.

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The team provides a commercial and professional service.

The team provides a practical, proficient and personable service.

Fraser MacRae is excellent.

Bethan Evans was great: responsive and robust in defending our cause.

 

Key clients

Triodos Bank UK Limited

Svenska Handelsbanken

Lloyds Bank

Allied Irish Bank

Homes England Investment

Hodge Bank

Secure Trust Bank

Cambridge and Counties Bank

Principality Building Society

Aberclay Property Finance

Commercial litigation: Hampshire Tier 2

With particular strengths in the retail sector, the team at Clarke Willmott LLP specialises in complex contractual matters, shareholder and partnership disputes, restrictive covenants and professional negligence cases. Practice head Greg Hughes works primarily in the IT sector and was praised by clients for possessing a 'good grasp of the overall commercial environment'. Owen Williams was instructed in a major fraud case and has acted in a number of complicated shareholder disputes.

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Owen Williams is utterly brilliant, super bright, exceptionally attentive and at the same time very kind, humorous and a true gentleman.

Good integration between teams (e.g. DR and insolvency, property etc). Have achieved for us the same outcomes as expensive City firms but at a fraction of the cost.

Greg Hughes is an excellent lawyer, with a good grasp of the overall commercial environment in which we operate.

Key clients

Sony Europe BV

Onecom Group

Bandai UK

The Student Room Group

Wyke Farms

ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants)

Hawk-Eye Innovations

Vohkus

Salhan Accountants

UK Land

Commercial property: Hampshire Tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP's team covers a wide range of property work ranging from investment, retail, property finance to development. Peter Swinburn, who clients describe as 'outstanding' leads the practice and is also the managing director of the firm's national commercial property division, having been promoted to this role in the autumn of 2019. Elsewhere in the practice, Paul Hinett has substantial experience in the acquisition and disposal of ground rent investments, including large portfolios, corporate acquisitions and forward sales. Andrew Cooper is another name to note.

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Experienced team who keep you informed in the process. Can take a common sense approach when required or explain the risks in making a decision to enable swift completion if up against tight time frames.

Ability to cut to the chase and prioritise actions in a very simplistic way. Peter Swinburn would be my standout individual.

Knowledgeable, focused and responsive.

Clarke Willmott have a responsive and professional team who we hold in the highest regard and trust to deal with our matters. They are nice people to work with and we consider them to be part of our team.

All of the team are an asset to the firm. I have worked with a few over the years and each has the same professional, committed approach to the work and not once do they seem phased by the amount of work we put their way. We consider them to be a valuable resource, in particular Paul Hinett who has been our main solicitor for a decade now and we see as the best in our specialist market.

Professional and diligent and always available and willing to find solutions.

Peter Swinburn is outstanding and leads his team by example.

Key clients

Interbay Funding

Lloyds Bank

Fat Face

New Forest District Council

Meritas Properties

London & Cambridge Properties

Sheet Anchor Evolve

Sheet Anchor Evolve

The Cornish Bakery

Countryside Properties

Persimmon Homes

E & J Capital Partners

Handelsbanken

Import Services

Historic Royal Palaces

The Brewery Square Development Company

Court of protection Tier 2

Anthony Fairweather leads the team at Clarke Willmott LLP, which specialises in the management of the full spectrum of Court of Protection work. The team, which 'genuinely cares for its clients', routinely advises on high-value personal injury awards arising from catastrophic injury and clinical negligence cases, as well as handling matters of fraud, insolvency and abuse by attorneys. Other strengths lie in advising on foreign jurisdiction matters, dementia-related cases, disputes with local authorities, and Care Act funding and associated welfare issues. Anne Minihane is a member of various key bodies in this area, including the Public Guardian’s panel of professional deputies, STEP and Solicitors for the Elderly. Newly promoted partner Jess Flanagan is also recommended.

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‘It is always a pleasure to work with this firm. Anthony Fairweather has unrivalled sector knowledge

‘Clarke Willmott LLP’s Court of Protection practice is exceptional to deal with. The lawyers are kind which is an important trait, especially when dealing with vulnerable people. Anthony Fairweather is an utter professional. He is transparent in his communications and balanced in his opinions. He responds in a prompt manner and is always courteous

‘Anne Minihane has considerable practical experience and is a Court of Protection panel member. She is very prompt in responding to and progressing matters

Jess Flanagan cuts through complex issues to identify the core of the case and is particularly good at interacting with the protected party on complex cases. She is pragmatic and able to negotiate cases particularly well

‘Clarke Willmott has a broad deputyship team with a dedicated and effective health and welfare team working alongside it. Camille Ivinson is a rising star in Court of Protection matters and gets the job done for her clients. Jess Flanagan is a safe pair of hands and is known for being able to bring a sense of calm to heated situations

‘Jess Flanagan is first-class’

A small, passionate and friendly team with incredible experience. Always pragmatic and on top of its cases. Its clients are always well represented. Jess Flanagan has an incredible ability to pick out key issues and her client care is exceptional. She knows the Mental Capacity Act 2005 inside out. She is always on hand for the junior members of the team when they need her’

‘Camille Ivinson punches above her weight in terms of the complexity of the cases that she deals with having regard to her legal experience

Key clients

Training in Mind (Wales)

Southern Advocacy Services (Isle of Wight)

Dorset Advocacy

Official Solicitor

Solent Mind

Swan Advocacy

Mental Health Matters Wales

Bristol Mind

Debt recovery Tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP's 'tenacious' team is jointly led by Philip Roberts and Kathryn Quinton and advises government departments, local authorities, utilities and insurance companies and corporates on the spectrum of debt recovery issues. Expertise includes pre-legal and legal collection, payment agreements, insolvency actions and advise on issues such as pre-action protocols for debt claims compliance and process reviews. The group is supported by a dedicated IT team, enabling it to tailor collection and data processes to particular clients. Senior associate Stuart Hoysted, a technical director, is an enforcement expert.

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The entire team that we deal with are knowledgeable, helpful and respond within a timely manner.’

They are tenacious in their efforts and especially when it comes to difficult cases they do not give up.’

Friendly efficient approach always willing to explain and value us as their clients.’

Key clients

The Insolvency Service

Wembley National Stadium Ltd

Highways England

Escada (UK) Ltd

Pricewaterhousecoopers

Viridor Waste Management

Warner Bros. Entertainment UK Ltd

Wireless Logic

Plymouth Block Management

Fresh Property Management Ltd

Thames Water Utilities Ltd

Premier Training International Ltd

Driving Standards Agency

Corona Energy

Cardstream Ltd

Build Supplies Ltd

The Financial Conduct Authority

Employment: Hampshire Tier 2

The Clarke Willmott LLP team has a strong focus on employment tribunal cases and can also advise clients on matters such as outsourcing and restructuring arrangements. Practice head Marc Long has built a reputation as a TUPE specialist, while Nicole Adams is known for her contentious work. Emily Like, who joined the practice in early 2019, works primarily in the education sector and is experienced in conducting sensitive and in-depth internal investigations for clients.

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Excellent client relationship management, coupled with prompt, commercially focused legal advice on a wide range of employment matters.

Marc Long is an outstanding technical lawyer and takes the stress out of all contentious employment matters that come our way.  His performance in the Tribunal is brilliant and he delivers win upon win.

Nicole Adams, supported by Emily Like, deliver a high standard of work both technically and commercially.  Their client care is commendable.

Very knowledgeable and responsive team of lawyers. They have supported our business in various ways for over 10 years, always with satisfactory outcomes to date.

Partners are genuinely interested in supporting the ongoing success of our business.

Key clients

PEI Genesis UK

Onecom Group

Ogury

Bandai UK

The Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy

One Family Foundation

Huhtamaki UK

Marina Developments

Family: Birmingham Tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP is recommended for its work on complex financial remedy matters with particular expertise in dealing with family businesses. It advises on unmarried family disputes and all aspects of financial settlements on divorce, as well as divorce and separation planning by way of pre- and post-nuptial agreements. The team is also increasingly respected for its strength in complex private law children matters that involve elements of parental alienation and complex relocation issues. Rayner Grice oversees the team that advises clients from a variety of backgrounds including sports personalities, family businesses as well as local professionals, academics and homemakers. Associate Caroline Young is also well-regarded.

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It is a firm with a growing reputation for excellence in the Midlands area. Using the Stella Artois strapline Clarke Willmott is “reassuringly expensive” but at the same time great value for money for the level of work it puts into each case/client’.

Rayner Grice is an exceptional individual. She is a good listener, compassionate and very professional. She is attentive to details, thoughtful and not pushy at the same time’.

Rayner Grice is very sensible and easy to work with‘.

Caroline Young thinks outside the box, goes over and beyond for her clients – she is going places’.

Rayner Grice and Caroline Young continue to go from strength to strength in my opinion. For a regional firm of its size, it undertakes work of quality and value. They both know when to fight a case but also know when to accept offers that are on the table! They are very client focused and fundamentally always prepared to go that extra mile to get the best possible outcome for their clients‘.

Intellectual property Tier 2

The dedicated IP team at Clarke Willmott LLP works with a range of clients across industries including audit, automotive and beauty, and also acts as UK/EU agent for a number of US law firms. Areas of expertise include passing off, subject access requests, franchising, trademark infringement, privileged material and domain name management. Led by anti-counterfeiting specialist Roy Crozier, the national team also features Southampton-based senior trade mark attorney Kate Cheney.

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Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

Organix Brands Limited

Medicom Healthcare Limited

Evac+Chair International Limited

Mozzo Coffee Limited

Flexipads Worldclass Limited & Gekatex SA

Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc.

Navson Limited

IT and telecoms Tier 2

Practice head Susan Hall is the key contact at Clarke Willmott LLP. She is hailed as a ‘first-rate lawyer’ who is ‘one of the most experienced in the field’. Her team’s workload includes GDPR, ICT agreements, technology disputes, data protection and data security matters, in addition to related M&A and due diligence. App development in sectors such as health, wellness, fitness and restaurant payment is also a core strength strength, as is the prevention of counterfeiting and piracy.

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‘In Susan Hall, the team has one of the leading and most experienced lawyers in this field, and all who work under follow her suit of providing excellent legal advice against a background of complete command of the technical detail of the claim. Clients in this field love them because they speak their language.’

‘Susan Hall is simply the best. A first-rate lawyer who has a command of every aspect of the technology in the claim. She is a fighter who commands the respect of all who engage with her, especially clients. She has seen and done everything in this area.’

‘Andrew Stone is an excellent technical and detail man. He knows the case backwards such that no opponent gets the edge over or better of him.’

Key clients

The Berkeley Group Holdings plc

wejo Limited

Informed Solutions Limited

Denis Ferranti Meters Limited

MiX Telematics Europe Limited

Auga Technologies Limited

Orona Limited

Organix Brands Limited

Xpertrule Limited

Omnibus Solutions Limited

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

Working closely with the firm’s conveyancing, family and trust administration groups, the private capital team at Clarke Willmott LLP, which is led by Paul Davies, handles general wills, inheritance tax and trust and probate mandates. Tax planning issues, Court of Protection matters, cross-border estates, off-shore trusts, and the creation and administration of charities are among its other areas of expertise. Senior associate Rebecca Clarke is a key name to note.

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‘A can-do attitude to getting the task completed, on time and on budget.’ 

‘Paul Davies has been of great help with the legal work he has completed for us.’ 

‘They handled my legal situation regarding offshore Trusts in the most excellent way – concerning all aspects involved in this very complex situation.’ 

‘Paul Davies is the most efficient solicitor we have ever used concerning sorting out the very complex details concerning our trusts. The dealings he had with our Trustees was also exemplary.’

Social housing Tier 2

Although Clarke Willmott LLP's Cardiff office is unable to provide the breadth of expertise of some of its full-service peers, the firm's longstanding focus and track record in the sector, particularly as it relates to financing matters, ensures that picks up a tremendous volume of work. Team head Vicky Kells has 'detailed and wide-ranging sector knowledge', which she draws upon on behalf of registered social landlords (RSLs) on the property security aspects associated with bank and bond financings.

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Clarke Willmott provides an agile, efficient and knowledgeable service on social housing securitisation.

The team is able to find straightforward routes through problems and negotiate workable solutions, without adding complexity.

The team is strong on communication and updating us as their clients.

Vicky Kells brings detailed and wide-ranging sector knowledge.

Vicky Kells and Fraser MacRae are extremely responsive and provide exceptional value for money.

Key clients

Taff Housing Association Limited

Grwp Cynefin

Wales & West Housing Association Limited

United Welsh Housing Association Limited

Melin Homes Limited

Newydd Housing Association Limited

Silva Homes

Southern Housing Association Limited

Optivo

London & Quadrant Housing Trust

Social housing Tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP's Southampton-based social housing practice has a particularly strong housing management focus, offering a full range of services in this area. Lindsay Felstead leads the national group and undertakes her own advocacy including on anti-social behaviour injunctions, possessions claims, committal proceedings and litigation involving vexatious complainants. Kate Silverman is the name to note for social housing development, with experience in joint venture regeneration and complex development.

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The team at Clarke Willmott are very responsive to any queries or requests we have, are extremely personable and able to put complex legal processes into simple terms. I feel that the advice we get from them empowers our housing officers to learn and to take on more simple legal processes for themselves going forward.

The people we work with at Clarke Willmott are very personable, generous with their time and advice and I feel always give the best practical advice. Some practices I have worked with in the past have almost been “too legal.” I’ve always found that Clarke Willmott will give not only advice to “the letter of the law” but also supplementary advice that helps us to weigh up the pros and cons in our particular circumstances as to the best practical step forward, fully apprised of any associated risks.’

‘I have always found Sarah Orchard to be very knowledgeable, responsive and friendly. She has a great approach when working with us and we appreciate this very much.

Key clients

Clarion Housing Group

Sovereign Housing Association

Lewisham Homes

Saxon Weald Homes

Yarlington Housing Group

Radian Group

Merlin Housing Association

Saxon Weald

Westward Housing Group

Ocean Housing Group

United Communities

LiveWest Homes

Moat Homes

Metropolitan

Aster Group

Newlon Housing Trust

Origin Housing

Phoenix Community Housing Association

Greatwell Homes

English Rural

GreenSquare Group

Islington and Shoreditch Housing Association

Moat Homes

Octavia Housing

Southdown Housing Association

London and Quadrant Housing Trust

Social housing Tier 2

Clarke Willmott LLP acts on various matters in the social housing field including anti-social behaviour issues, disrepair claims and lease and tenancy agreement mandates. Lindsay Felstead is the head of team and has notable contentious experience; she regularly acts in housing management matters including committal proceedings and anti-social behaviour injunctions.

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‘The knowledge of the social housing industry is exceptional and the team has strong leadership in Lindsay Felstead. She ensures that all the team practice to her own high standards. They are all very approachable and personable.’

 

Key clients

Housing Plus (aka South Staffordshire Housing & Severnside)

Sovereign

One Manchester

Plus Dane Housing

PA Housing

Clarion

Regenda

The Guinness Partnership

Community Housing Group

Honeycomb (aka Staffordshire Housing)

Banking and finance Tier 3

Led by Rich Eldridge, who joined the firm in late 2019, Clarke Willmott LLP advises on both lending and borrowing. The firm is on the panels of a number of major banks, and on the borrower side is especially active in the healthcare and real estate sectors. The highly experienced Eldridge is praised for his 'extensive knowledge of the banking and finance sector', while Peter Swinburn is noted for his work on real estate financing transactions.

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‘Rich Eldridge has extensive knowledge of the banking and finance sector; and is liked and trusted by his clients, for good reason – he works indefatigably in their interests, fighting their corner against much larger firms and institutions.’

Key clients

Lloyds Bank

Santander UK

Handelsbanken

Oaknorth Bank

InterBay Funding

Onecom Group

Abercorn Property

Boys & Girls Nursery Property

Corporate and commercial: Hampshire Tier 3

Kelvin Balmont  leads Clarke Willmott LLP 's corporate practice and has specialist expertise in the banking and finance sector, regularly acting for banks in relation to the funding of transactions. The team offers a partner-led service and is comprised of five partners and three associates. Rich Eldridge joined the team in October 2019, bringing with him a wealth of healthcare sector knowledge, while Chidem Aliss heads up the commercial IT team.

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Richard Swain is knowledgeable, competent and efficient. Thoroughly recommend without any reservations.

My company has relied upon the legal services of Clarke Willmott for many years, across multiple disciplines. Their advice is always delivered in both a very professional and friendly manner.  As my business continues to grow in different directions, what is invaluable is their ability to bring in colleagues from different departments as and when needed.  This multi-discipline advice is usually project-managed through a single point of contact, making for a simplified approach in a very busy operating environment.

Amy Peacey is a joy to work with. In my opinion, her respective sector knowledge is unrivalled.  Time deadlines are always met. I regularly find myself recommending Clarke Willmott to my industry peers. In addition, they also see the value in what my company does and through events, introduce me to potential clients.

Key clients

Onecom Group

Kangaloosh

Envair

Chapman IP

Nationwide Services Group

InterBay Funding

Tradeweb Europe

Endent Energy

Letco Group

R Hunt

Revive a Phone

Family Tier 3

The 'responsive and proactive' family team at Clarke Willmott LLP represents high-net-worth clients in complex financial and private law children matters, providing advice on financial settlements, unmarried family disputes, and divorce and separation planning issues, particularly in relation to prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements, trusts and corporate structures. Chris Longbottom, who is described as 'sensible and pragmatic', heads up the practice.

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‘There was a clear distinction between support as a professional and support as a member of your business network. But I always felt I was being treated as an individual and my personal challenges away from the divorce process were supported alongside the divorce matters which was extremely reassuring.’ 

‘We have worked with them on a number of ‘before the event’ documents e.g. prenuptial agreements and cohabitation agreements. They are responsive and pro-active. They are a knowledgeable and capable team with expertise with high-net-worth clients.’ 

‘Chris Longbottom is a partner who is well known in the Manchester legal and business market. He is a sensible and pragmatic lawyer who creates strong relationships with clients and peers.’ 

‘Built my case perfectly from start to finish. Counsel and judges have all commented on how thorough and beautifully it is put together. The attention to detail is second to none and they really do take the time to check on my wellbeing and how I’m feeling about ongoing matters.’ 

‘Chris Longbottom is an outstanding professional. Does his utmost to really get in the mind frame of his client and really does balance perfectly the sides of wanting to encourage his client but being honest about the likelihood of outcomes.’ 

‘Chris Longbottom is a great leader. He gives very pragmatic and sensible advice. He is assisted very well by Emily Barcilon who has one of the best knowledges of procedure in the city.’ 

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

Clarke Willmott LLP's team is active in the full range of restructuring and insolvency work, but is particularly well-known for its expertise in contentious matters and property-related insolvencies. Stephanie Slinn leads the group, which undertakes a particularly significant amount of contentious work for The Insolvency Service. Other clients of the firm include directors, insolvency practitioners and lenders. Slinn is advising Elwell Watchorn & Saxton on action against six parties involved in the management of a liquidated company.

Key clients

Duff & Phelps

CVR Global

KPMG

Smith & Williamson

Cambridge & Counties Bank

KJ Watkin & Co.

Elwell Watchorn & Saxton

Quantuma LLP

The Insolvency Service

Knight Frank

Social housing: finance Tier 3

Based in Cardiff, Clarke Willmott LLP is instructed by both borrowers and funders to handle bilateral and syndicated funding loan agreements, private placements involving institutional investors, aggregated bonds, debt capital markets issues and development finance. The team also handles property security work, undertaking property due diligence and preparing certificates of title and dealing with title rectification and registration of titles. Group lead Vicky Kells works with numerous housing providers, ranging from G15 associations to those operating at a rural level. Fraser MacRae is experienced in all aspects of secured funding.

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Knowledge and experience within the sector along with local presence.

Good communication through the process – Fraser Macrae and Vicky Kells.’

The practice is very astute in its appointments of new staff to the team, ensuring it adds people with expertise and more importantly who are good at building relationships. This gives a good level of comfort in appointing the right firm to act on your behalf.

The individuals in the team are very knowledgeable about the subject matter and proactive in seeking solutions to any issues that arise. Also very approachable and keen on building good working relationships.’

Very helpful – do their best to get best outcome for us.

Always quick to respond and to try and help with issues.’

Problem-solving – they work to get the highest achievable security value and also to make the properties as securable as possible in the future not just for the current deal. For example, we will only use indemnity insurance as a last resort.’

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London & Quadrant

Optivo

Hafod Housing Association/Hendre Group

Wales & West Housing Association

Gr?p Cynefin

Triodos Bank

Handelsbanken plc

Melin Homes Limited

Metropolitan Thames Valley

Principality Building Society

Commercial litigation: Birmingham Tier 4

Clarke Willmott LLP’s dispute resolution team acts for a range of clients from owner-managed business and high-net-worth individuals to corporates and financial institutions. Practice head Peter Brewer specialises in contractual and shareholders disputes as well as professional negligence claims that arise from mishandled corporate litigation, while Paul Griffiths has particular experience in landlord and tenant disputes and in representing building societies.

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West Bromwich Building Society

Commercial property Tier 4

Co-headed by Clare Gregory and Vicky KellsClarke Willmott LLP's two-partner team continues its upward trajectory in the local market since it opened its Cardiff office in 2014. Kells has a core focus on social housing finance matters and regularly assists housing associations raise secured finance, either through bank loans or via private placement bond issuances. Gregory has a broader property offering, with work encompassing secured lending, property management and development matters.

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The team gave me complete confidence from the first meeting through to completion, and provides allocation of appropriate resource to meet the clients needs.

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Secure Trust Bank Plc

Gloucester City Homes Limited

Career Choices Dewis Gyrfa Limited

Commercial property: Birmingham Tier 4

With a strong focus on nationwide retail development work, Clarke Willmott LLP assists high street lenders with secured lending work, commercial property finance issues, refinancings and landlord and tenant work. Key names include chairman Jonathan Morton, Iain Harrison, who also handles regeneration projects and investment property acquisitions, and Fiona Rendell, who has 'superb attention to detail'.

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‘Fast-response team with any query. Excellent formal and informal advice. Clear cost guidance and pricing.’

‘Fiona Rendell – Superb attention to detail and quality of work / advice. Speed and clarity is always of the essence to enable customers to take commercial opportunities.’

Key clients

Lidl Great Britain Limited

Lloyds Bank plc

Allegra Care

Beechdean Homes Limited

Mereway Kitchens Limited

Trevonny Investments Limited

Rediweld Holdings Limited

Corporate and commercial: Birmingham Tier 4

Clarke Willmott LLP's Birmingham team includes commercial contracts specialist John Irving, who is knowledgeable about distribution, franchising and partnerships, among other areas. Irving works with David Robinson, who was hired from Davies and Partners in 2019, and handles a mix of corporate restructurings, MBOs and MBIs.

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‘Very commercial and practical in how they approach problem areas.’

Key clients

Comau UK Limited

NVC Lighting Limited

Henry Squire and Sons Limited

Ingersoll Rand

Turnaround Management Association

Stockton Engineering Limited

Extra MSA Group

Kumho Tyre (UK) Limited

Conex Universal Limited

Casino 36 Limited

Jack Allen Holdings Limited

Ashbourne Management Services Limited

Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 4

Clarke Willmott LLP's core strengths include commercial contracts, M&A, corporate finance, joint ventures, buy-outs and corporate structuring, as well as alternative fundraising structures. The team's sector expertise encompasses technology, financial services, renewable services and healthcare, namely dentistry, pharmacies, GP groups, care homes and nurseries. Bristol-based Simon Thomas heads the department; Ed Foulkes and Susan Hall are the names to note in Manchester.

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wejo Limited

ME Group

Allied Irish Bank (GB)

Lloyds Bank plc

REL Group

Northern Provident Investments Limited

Ergowealth Group

Capital Growth Group

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 4

Clarke Willmott LLP is best known for its advice to ultra-high-net-worth and high-net-worth clients on their tax and estate planning matters. Erica Burt-Moore is the primary partner in Birmingham who specialises in complex estate planning for business owners and entrepreneurs. Burt-Moore is also well-regarded for her work on trusts, probate and elderly care matters as well as for her Court of Protection work – in addition she is a member of STEP. The team receives a steady workflow through financial advisers, wealth managers, stockbrokers, existing and previous clients as well as accountants and other solicitors.

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The staff member responsible was extremely conscientious, and also patient‘.

Social housing: local authorities and registered providers Tier 4

Clarke Willmott LLP’s ‘strong and sound knowledge of the housing sector’ enables it to act for many of the leading London registered providers, including several G15 members, on development, housing management, litigation and construction issues. Kate Silverman, who arrived from Blake Morgan LLP in 2019, leads the London team and acts for registered providers, local authorities and charities on joint venture regeneration and complex development issues. Kary Withers leads the national team from the Bristol office and is a litigation specialist. She acts for a number of providers in telecoms disputes and is dealing with one of the first cases under the new telecoms code.

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They have a strong and sound knowledge of the housing sector.’

Clarke Wilmott have an approachable, experienced and knowledgeable team that focuses on getting the best outcome for the client. They are set up to deal with initial letters before action before moving on to more involved litigation and attendance at court.

High level of commitment and attention to detail, ability to look at cases from all angles and assess risks and merits. Convey complex procedural arguments in a clear and concise way.’

Flexible, pragmatic and client-focused with a depth of experience

Clarke Willmott has specialist knowledge of social housing and commercial property. This is supported by extremely good customer service.

Kary Withers (partner) heads up the social housing team and always ensures customers receive timely and accurate advice. She has a breadth of knowledge across social housing, telecommunications and commercial property. As well as offering legal advice Kary has used her professional network to connect us with other organisations that face similar challenges and legal issues.’

The team are highly responsive, pragmatic and personable, with deep sector experience.

Fraser MacRae and Vicky Kells and their colleagues are great to work with and provide an excellent joined-up service across the banking and property sides of a transaction.’

Key clients

London & Quadrant

Clarion Housing Association Limited

Metropolitan Thames Valley

Peabody Trust

The Guinness Partnership Limited

Notting Hill Genesis

Southern

Newlon

One Housing Group

St Mungo’s

Construction Tier 5

Clarke Willmott LLP advises clients on the construction of power stations and infrastructure projects domestically and internationally. Its team also has expertise in advising Spanish EPC contractors on their projects. Practice head James Driver is present across the firm's various UK offices in contentious construction matters.

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Styles & Wood Group

Orona Group

Gleeds Iberica

John Turner Construction Group Limited

Altrad

SACYR

Trokel SA

Dentix

Quartzelec Limited

Artez Limited

Employment Tier 5

Emma Hamnett heads the practice at Clarke Willmott LLP, which is best known for advising medium-sized employers on contentious matters, including injunctions, employment litigation in the High Court, and employment tribunals. It has particular expertise in the education and sports sectors. Senior executive disputes are an area of growth for the practice.

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‘Very strong. First-rate. Achieves exceptional outcomes for the clients. Would highly recommend.’ 

‘Emma Hamnett is an excellent lawyer who is hands-on and really cares about her clients.’ 

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Panmure Gordon & Co

In Touch Games Limited

Bauer Radio Limited

Talent International UK Limited

Abt Associates Ltd

Integral Medical Holdings Limited

Metka EGN Limited

Ruskin Properties Limited

NVC Lighting Limited

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 5

Clarke Willmott LLP's insolvency and corporate recovery practice handles both contentious and non-contentious matters. Chris Keane heads up the team, which has experience advising directors, creditors and insolvency practitioners.

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Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 5

The serious injury team at Clarke Willmott LLP in Birmingham only handles cases where the injuries are of the utmost severity or fatal claims. The team locally is led by Philip Edwards who is well-regarded for his work on brain injuries. The practice is known for its work on all aspects of serious injuries but has a particular reputation for its work in brain injuries. Edwards handles both adult and child brain injury claims but also advises on spinal cord injury, amputation and fatal claims. Of note is the fact that Edwards holds Accredited Brain Injury Specialist status from APIL.

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Philip Edwards’ attention to detail and his client care is top rate and first-rate’.

Phil Edwards is doing some high-quality work‘.

Apart from Philip’s undoubted professional competence, he is really good at understanding the impact on not only the victim but also the whole family‘.

I know Philip is on our side and he only wants what is best for our son (his client) and our family. I feel very privileged to know Philip and have him supporting us‘.

Philip is an excellent solicitor. Knows his case back to front, invariably makes the right tactical call and is very good at establishing a strong rapport with his clients. Very good at refining expert evidence and at negotiating the right result‘.

Phil Edwards has a truly down to earth approach with clients. He is able to explain complex matters in client-specific ways. He strongly supports rehabilitation and works closely with the client and their teams to ensure quality of life outcomes‘.

Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 6

The commercial and private client litigation practice at Clarke Willmott LLP is particularly strong for shareholder and contractual disputes as well as defamation and breach of confidential information claims. 'Exceptional leaderJohn Flint heads up the practice and has a notable breadth of experience.

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Clarke Willmott certainly provide a specialist litigation offering to the region and offer a more cost-effective service to clients who compete with leading national and international firms in the city centre. The firm clearly prides itself on developing relationships with all stakeholders to benefit the client.

John Flint is a modest but exceptional leader of the CDR team who specialises in complex litigation. John has tremendous foresight and drive which will see the team become a force in the city centre.’

Key clients

National Union of Mineworkers

Leisuresec plc

Andy Scott/REL Capital Limited

Capital Growth Group Limited

Bison Transport Limited

Washdoctors Limited / Bill Mapstone

School Letting Solutions Limited

Westbourne  Property Management Limited

Fieldside Business Support Limited

Richard Wales / Selective Investment Services

R&G Property Limited

Fast Dispatch Transport Limited

Pulse Fitness Limited

AJP2 Limited

Premiserv Limited

McCollum Consultants Limited

Penny Irrigation Limited

Tecnicas Reunidas UK Limited

Clarke Willmott LLP is a law firm with a regional, sector-led approach across England and Wales. it invests time in developing relationships with clients and is known for its high level of service, straightforward manner and transparent fee solutions.

The firm: Recognising that clients prefer working with lawyers who understand the climate in which they operate and how their business actually works day-to-day, Clarke Willmott decided a number of years ago to adopt a sector-led approach.

The success of this strategy is evident by its reputation in a number of key industry areas. These include its 100-strong real estate and construction group, nationally renowned 40-strong social housing group, and specialist retail group. It also has leading teams advising on private client, commercial services, agriculture, renewable energy and sport.

Clarke Willmott works with an extensive client base of private sector businesses, sole traders, public sector bodies, high-net-worth individuals and charitable organisations, and they advise on almost every aspect of the law.

Clarke Willmott has seven regional offices and over 600 lawyers and support staff, including over 100 partners. The focus at Clarke Willmott is on steady, repeatable, year-on-year planned growth. It will continue to develop its teams in order to deliver services on a national basis.

Types of work undertaken: Clarke Willmott has expertise across a range of industry sectors and has market-leading teams in:

Agriculture: the agriculture and estates team provides a full complement of legal services (both contentious and non-contentious) to the agricultural and rural landowning communities nationally.

Banking and finance: advises clearing and private banks, building societies, specialist lenders and borrowers (both corporate and individual) on all aspects of lending transactions and related issues including recoveries, financial litigation and professional negligence claims.

Commercial services: advises companies of all sizes, from high-growth and entrepreneurial businesses to SMEs and larger corporates, on transactional and commercial work, contractual issues, employment services, procurement, restructuring and insolvency, litigation and debt collection.

Financial services: offers sector-focused expertise from a range of different practice areas, notably corporate and litigation. Clients include product providers, brokers, lenders and financial advisers, and businesses requiring authorisation for consumer credit activities.

Green energy: advice spans all aspects of green energy work including renewable and nuclear energy from inception of a project through to planning, acquisition, financing, construction, regulation, commissioning, grid connection and subsequent operation of plants and facilities.

Housebuilder: regarded as leading legal advisers to the residential development sector, acting for many of the UK’s largest volume housebuilders as well as for strategic land companies, smaller traditional builders and niche start-up ventures with particular expertise in all property aspects.

Intellectual property: acts for all types of businesses from new start-ups to household names in relation to the protection, enforcement and exploitation of their intellectual property rights.

Private client: particular experience in acting for professionals, high-net-worth individuals, family businesses and those with interests in the entertainment, sports and agricultural sectors. Provides advice on UK and international succession planning, trusts, tax and wealth protection as well as divorce and family law, , property issues, litigation, and personal injury and clinical negligence.

Real estate: this national team is one of the largest of its kind in the UK and has a deep sector knowledge advising across the full range of commercial property matters. Expertise covers construction and procurement, development, investment (including complex landlord and tenant, acquisition and disposal issues), regeneration, planning & environmental, property litigation, property finance, property tax, telecommunications and asset management.

Social housing: the national team of highly experienced, sector focused lawyers is one of the largest in the UK. The team acts for both national and regional registered providers, including most major frameworks, and provides specialist advice across a comprehensive range of legal areas.

Technology: services include drafting and negotiating large-scale ICT acquisitions, including appropriate service level agreements, ICT outsourcing, managed service provision, website design and development, Cloud service agreements, software as a service data protection issues and social media issues.

Department Name Email Telephone
Chairman Kelvin Balmont
Chief executive Stephen Rosser
Managing Director - Commercial Simon Thomas
Managing Director - Core Litigation Philippa Hann
Managing Director - Private Client Anthony Fairweather
Managing Director - Property Litigation Kary Withers
Managing Director - Commercial Property Peter Swinburn
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 Martin Askew  photo Martin Askew Martin is a Partner in the Restructuring and Insolvency team and he…
 Neil Baker  photo Neil Baker Neil is a Partner in Clarke Willmott’s Planning and Environment Team and acts…
 Cheryl Brady  photo Cheryl Brady Cheryl is a Partner in Clarke Willmott’s Bristol Commercial Property team. Specialisms include…
 Karl Brown  photo Karl Brown Karl is a Partner in the Commercial Property team specialising in the acquisition and…
 Philip Brown  photo Philip Brown Philip Brown is a Partner in the Commercial Property team specialising in development and…
 Paul Chapman  photo Paul Chapman Paul is the Managing Director of the Litigation Division and the firm’s…
 Chris Charlton  photo Chris Charlton Chris Charlton is a partner in Clarke Willmott solicitors Bristol Planning team…
 Tim Copplestone photo Tim Copplestone Tim is an employment lawyer within the firm’s sport sector, having previously been an international…
 Simon Day  photo Simon Day Simon is a Partner in the Real Estate team specialising in commercial…
 Anthony Fairweather  photo Anthony Fairweather Anthony Fairweather is a Partner and Managing Director in the Private Client team…
 Kerry Fifield  photo Kerry Fifield Kerry Fifield is a partner in Clarke Willmott’s Bristol Clinical Negligence team…
 Simon Freeman  photo Simon Freeman Simon is a Partner in the Property Litigation team specialising in asset…
 Daniel Gill  photo Daniel Gill Daniel is a Partner working out of both our Taunton and Bristol…
 Samantha Grimwood  photo Samantha Grimwood Samantha is a Partner in the Private Property and Agriculture team specialising in…
 Jane Halton  photo Jane Halton Jane Halton is a partner in Clarke Willmott solicitors’ Bristol Private Client…
 Neil Ham  photo Neil Ham Neil is a partner in our Property Litigation team whose expertise has…
 Philippa Hann  photo Philippa Hann Philippa is a Partner in the Financial Services Litigation team specialising in…
 Ruth Hartnell-Thorne  photo Ruth Hartnell-Thorne Ruth is a partner and has a wide range of experience of…
 Alex Jakubowski  photo Alex Jakubowski Alex is a Partner in the Commercial Litigation team and has particular experience with…
 William Juckes  photo William Juckes William Juckes is a partner in Clarke Willmott solicitors’ Bristol Commercial Property…
 Laurence Lacey  photo Laurence Lacey Laurence Lacey is a partner in Clarke Willmott solicitors’ Bristol Commercial Property…
 Sharon Latham  photo Sharon Latham Sharon Latham is a partner in Clarke Willmott solicitors’ Bristol Employment team…
 Ken MacLennan  photo Ken MacLennan Ken MacLennan is a partner in Clarke Willmott’s Bristol Insolvency & Restructuring…
 Aaron Macauley  photo Aaron Macauley Aaron is a partner in our Property Litigation team and qualified as a solicitor…
 Graham McIntyre  photo Graham McIntyre Graham is a Partner and Managing Director in our Property Litigation team and…
 Anne Minihane  photo Anne Minihane Anne Minihane is a partner in Clarke Willmott solicitors’ Bristol Private Capital…
 Richard Moore  photo Richard Moore Richard Moore is a partner in Clarke Willmott’s Bristol Commercial & Private…
 Beverley Pike  photo Beverley Pike Beverley Pike is a solicitor in Clarke Willmott solicitors’ Commercial Property team…
 Rob Ridd  photo Rob Ridd
 Laura Robinson  photo Laura Robinson Laura is a Partner in the Financial Services Litigation team specialising in claims and…
 Stephen Rosser  photo Stephen Rosser Stephen is Clarke Willmott’s Chief Executive having been elected to that position…
 Gareth Schofield  photo Gareth Schofield Gareth Schofield is a partner in Clarke Willmott solicitors’ Bristol Family team…
 Stephen Searle  photo Stephen Searle Stephen Searle is a partner in Clarke Willmott solicitors’ Bristol Financial Services…
 Oliver Smedley  photo Oliver Smedley Oliver is a Partner in our Commercial Property team specialising in development…
 Simon Smith  photo Simon Smith Simon is a Partner in the Corporate team specialising in the acquisition…
 Elizabeth Smithers  photo Elizabeth Smithers Elizabeth Smithers is a partner in Clarke Willmott solicitors’ Bristol Private Client…
 Zoe Stollard  photo Zoe Stollard Zoe Stollard is a partner in Clarke Willmott solicitors’ Bristol Construction team…
 Chris Taylor  photo Chris Taylor Chris Taylor is a Partner in Clarke Willmott solicitors’ Bristol Property Litigation…
 Simon Thomas  photo Simon Thomas Simon is a Partner and Managing Directo in the Corporate team specialising in…
 Philip Thompson  photo Philip Thompson
 Marguarita Tyne  photo Marguarita Tyne Marguarita is a Partner in the Personal Injury team specialising in Clinical…
 Bonita Walters  photo Bonita Walters Bonita is a Partner with 20 years of litigation experience and heads…
 Clare Webb  photo Clare Webb As a family law specialist, Clare understands that relationship breakdown is one…
 Kary Withers  photo Kary Withers Kary heads Clarke Willmott’s Social Housing team and is a Partner in…
 Helen Wittram  photo Helen Wittram Helen is a Partner in the property team specialising in all aspects…
Number of UK partners : 100+
Number of other UK fee-earners : 340+
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